Biggest Hiring Jump Since 2023

The US job market experienced a significant surge in March 2024, marking the most considerable increase in hiring since July 2023.

Released this week, the newest ADP National Employment Report highlights this pivotal growth, shedding light on the sectors leading the charge and examining the implications for the broader economy.


Historic Hiring Surge

The private sector’s employment rose by 184,000 jobs in March, surpassing February’s upwardly revised figure of 155,000.

This leap represents the biggest jump in hiring activity seen since the previous year and signals a potent combination of economic resilience and sector-specific growth. The leisure and hospitality industry, in particular, played a pivotal role in driving this expansion.


Sector-Wide Gains

While the leisure and hospitality sector led the charge, the hiring increase spanned multiple areas of the economy, illustrating the diverse nature of job market growth.

Here’s a closer look at the sectors experiencing significant employment gains:


  • Goods-Producing Sector Growth: This sector saw an addition of 42,000 jobs, with contributions from natural resources/mining (8,000), construction (33,000), and a modest increase in manufacturing (1,000).
  • Service Sector Expansion: Demonstrating broader growth, the service sector added 142,000 jobs. Notable increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities (29,000), information (8,000), and financial activities (17,000). Education/health services and leisure/hospitality also saw gains of 17,000 and 63,000, respectively, highlighting the significant demand for service-oriented roles.

Service And Production Jobs: Multi-frame image highlighting construction, transportation, and hospitality imagery.

The Pay Landscape

The report from ADP also casts light on the evolving pay landscape for job seekers and those staying in their current positions.

Chief Economist Nela Richardson noted surprising trends in pay gains across various sectors, emphasizing a warming pay landscape against the backdrop of cooling inflation.


  • Job changers saw the median change in annual pay rise for the second consecutive month, reaching 10% from February’s 7.6%.
  • The median change in annual pay for those remaining in their jobs held steady at 5.1%, pointing to stable growth in wages.

The Pay Landscape: Green highway sign over a bright but cloudy sky featuring the phrase, "Pay Raise Just Ahead."

The Road Ahead

The staffing and recruitment landscape appears poised for further growth, driven by technological advancements and strategic priorities.

As the market strengthens, staffing firms’ focus shifts towards winning new business, digital transformation, and enhancing candidate acquisition and client relationships.


Let’s Get to Work…

As the US job market marches forward, March’s substantial hiring surge signifies robust economic health and spotlights the staffing industry’s critical role in facilitating this growth.

By embracing technological innovation and aligning with market needs, staffing firms can continue to play a vital part in shaping the employment landscape.

Need a little help along the way? Give us a shout, and let’s get to work…


The ADP National Employment Report serves as a key indicator of employment trends, offering invaluable insights into the labor market’s current state and future directions.

Source: Staffing Industry Analysts